The Syrian Projects

Drawing on their Lives

While working for Concern Worldwide, Masha recruited Lebanese artist Hanane Kai to accompany her on meetings with Syrian women refugees living in northern Lebanon, and draw pieces of their lives as they told their stories. Over many hours, the women cried together and laughed together. These stories and pictures emerged. The stories and drawings were also exhibited at the Beirut Book Festival.


Gender Roles in Flux

Masha also spoke to men about the changes in their lives due to the crisis, and began to examine how those individual changes are impacting the fabric of society. She is pursuing a project to examine an ongoing upheaval and transformation of traditional gender roles due to the Syrian crisis, exploring those roles through in-depth interviews with refugees in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, coupled a with additional renderings from regional artists.